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Re-Counting the Past

Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History Robert Allen is leading a massive data collection project that will help tell the largely untold story of Middle East economic history.

Strategic Research For Global Challenges

The breadth of research in the social sciences at NYU Abu Dhabi uses data to help historians, economists, NGOs, and governments better understand human behavior — and improve people’s lives.

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NYU Abu Dhabi social science faculty and research are frequently featured in local and international media.

The alternatives to privatisation and nationalisation
More public resources could be managed as commons without much loss of efficiency.
The Economist | September 12, 2019

Lessons from Waves of Innovation. Robert Allen says: “The future will be okay”
The past’s ability to shed light on the future and what the future will look like was the center of Robert Allen’s morning speech at the 2018 Trento Economics Festival. Allen is a Global Distinguished Professor of Economic History at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Il Trentino | June 3, 2018

Absolute poverty: when necessity displaces desire
How many poor people are there in the world?  Where are they located? Are economic development and globalisation increasing or decreasing their number?  If so, which countries have been most affected? To answer these questions, we need a metric to measure poverty.
Microeconomic Insights | February 20, 2018

Welcome to Umbrella Town
Economic historian Robert Allen of New York University warns that China's loss of its competitive edge could see it follow the US and Britain on the path to de-industrialisation.
BBC World Service | November 30, 2017